The potato salad thread got me thinking (well, actually an email from MsRobyn the other day got me thinking, but I wasn’t hungry then, and no one mentioned German potato salad in the exchange, so I wasn’t thinking too hard) about the fact that summer will be here before we know it – and summer means Gettysdope! It is my hope that if we pick a date early enough, whoever brought that killer German potato salad to G’Dope I but sat out G’Dope II will be able to make it this year.
So – I’m on vacation the first week of August, so the weekends at either end of that are out for me – other than that, nothing special.
It’s never too early to discuss Gettysdope III: Revenge of the Sith.
I should be okay all summer, but July 4th weekend is never a good time for this because that’s Encampment Weekend, which is the huge battle re-enactment. Aside from the crowds and noise, there’s also the fear that I’ll be shanghaied into someone’s army. Although I think shanghaied only applies to naval service. Either way.
I might actually be able to make it this year. I know I have plans for the 4th of July weekend and the third weekend in July, but other than that, I’m pretty flexible. twickster, you know how to get a hold of me-- let’s make this happen!
Actually, I didn’t realize there were 5 weekends in July-- the weekend I’m not available is 7/22 - 7/23. June isn’t really too great for me because I am still at work; I’m free starting the second weekend of July and will stay free, with the exception of the aforementioned July weekend, for the rest of the summer, AFAIK.
July? I’m not sure what I’m doing next week!! Holy guacamole!
Right now, last weekend in June and first in July are definitely out - I’ll have my nephew here for “quality time” with his Aunt Michelle. Beyond that, I have absolutely no idea. But I would like to attend. So when a date is set, I’ll try to protect it from incursions.
This will be a Saturday, right? The distance becomes a factor if it’s Sunday, what with the long drive home and the getting up for work on Monday nonsense.
The visitor’s center is on the Union side of things. If we get attacked by Union troops, well, it’s just one of those mistakes that happens in the fog of war. If we get attacked by them damn greycoats though, I say we let 'em have it with both barrels.
Those re-enactment folks are very strict. You can’t use anything that wasn’t available in Gettysburg at the time. But, fear not, we’re not restricted to mere muzzle loaders. There were plenty of breech loaders, as well as revolvers, swords, and even grenades. I’m not talking about those ugly pineapple grenades from WWII. I’m talking those big old ball shaped grenades that looked like a bomb out of a 1920’s black and white cartoon movie. Note that you are not permitted to write “bomb” on the side of your grenade in big white letters.
I know you’ll be tempted, but use of the gettysdope kimchi pot and a fan to blow the smell towards the enemy is strictly prohibited. Gas warfare was not used at Gettysburg.